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Christina is a first generation Texan. Her Spanish ancestors settled in New Mexico over 400 years ago. Her parents moved from Puerto de Luna, a very small community in New Mexico after WWII to Amarillo to start their family. Christina spent much of her formative years in New Mexico, on her grand-parent’s chile farm before moving to Austin, Texas at the age of 18.
She has lived within a 30 mile radius of Austin most of her adult life. It has been quite the adventure for someone whose passions are art and music.
After a marriage in the late 70's and having two children, Christina went to art school in the mid 80's. Her first job as a graphic designer was at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. She then moved back to Austin to become a freelance artist, selling her art at open air art shows. After experiencing a very cold winter, selling her goods at open air Christmas fairs in 1990, she decided it was time to get a 9-5 job with insurance. She got a job as a graphic designer at the Austin American-Statesman, where she worked for 15 years while selling her art at art shows on the weekends. She maintains that the most valuable lesson learned working in corporate America is that creating art is just a small part of being a successful artist. Marketing is key to being a success in any industry.
"My goal as an artist is to inspire others and to spark emotion. I am primarily attracted to the evocative power of colors, shapes and symbols that have traveled with us through time. This to me is joy and passion, the sources of beauty. They bring with them the power to heal. Many of my creative ideas come to me in dreams or are inspired by music. I work with a variety of mediums. I also do graphic design. I feel blessed to have a home studio in the Central Texas, where music has been one of my favorite muses.
~ Christina Fajardo
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